The Deal Hospital Fete is always a highlight of the summer. The fete, organised by the Friends of Deal Hospital, featured fun community activities with a tombola, a raffle, a children's fancy dress competition and donkey rides for all to enjoy. There were also stalls for plants, bric-a-brac and bottles, and a barbeque.
The Friends of Deal Hospital should feel proud of putting on another great event. There was a big community turnout, and with all money raised going straight back to Deal Hospital this is always a fantastic cause to support.
Many people spoke to me about the future of the hospital. It's amazing that it's just a year since we fought - and won - the battle to safeguard the hospital.
With the outpatient closure agreed back in 2006, I am working tirelessly with the local doctors to save local services. The doctors want to see more local clinics at the hospital and ensure proper services are retained for the elderly, poorly sighted and people who find it hard to travel. I am looking forward to the doctors setting out their final plans - but so far things look very promising.
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